ACTIVITY: Leadership Circle Protecting Dimension


The Protecting dimension measures the belief that you can protect yourself and establish a sense of worth through withdrawal, remaining distant, hidden, aloof, cynical, superior, and/or rational. The Protecting dimension comprises three subscales: Arrogance, Critical, and Distance. Each of these is strongly and inversely correlated to all the Creative dimensions.

This week, focus on one or more behaviors that will decrease your Protecting dimension. Consider these ideas:

  1. To reduce arrogance, seek to focus exclusively on others in conversation and talk only a little about yourself.
  2. To reduce your critical and cynical thinking, seek to promote others’ ideas, encourage brainstorming, and focus on solutions, not just problems.
  3. To behave with less aloofness and distance, spend time asking about team members’ families and activities outside of work.


After completing this activity, consider leaving a reflection in the LEADx app using the Coaching Plan Activity “Reflect” button.